Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Women's and Gender Studies
Women's and Gender Studies, MA
Fosl, Catherine Anne
Public housing--Kentucky--Louisville; Social action--Kentucky--Louisville; Women political activists--Kentucky--Louisville; Community organization--Kentucky--Louisville
This thesis is a historical examination of women's public housing activism in Louisville, Kentucky from 1958 to 1970. With the proclamation of the War on Poverty by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, poverty stricken neighborhoods were provided with federal funding to initiate community action by public housing residents. This thesis illustrates how women living in Louisville's public housing communities organized grassroots community action groups and eventually utilized federal funds from the War on Poverty to initiate social change. Louisville activists organized by means of coalition building, increased education, and coordinated protests. Grassroots organizing in Louisville led to an established political presence of women led neighborhood groups, and improved health and safety conditions for residents of the housing projects.
Robey, Aletia M., "The bricks in action : women's public housing activism in Louisville, Kentucky, 1958-1970." (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 1215.